Tell a story. Take part in a play. Boston Children’s Museum is a rich environment that helps children practice listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Toddlers learn to repeat rhyming words as they sing along in Music and Movement class. Museum staff guide young poets as they create haiku in the Japanese House. Read-aloud interactive story times in Countdown to Kindergarten build familiarity with books and early reading skills.
KidStage performances help children develop listening skills and learn new vocabulary as they follow the narrative of folk tales such as the Tale of the Three Little Pigs, and see familiar characters such as Marc Brown's D.W. in D.W. Counts Down to Kindergarten. Children are often invited to join the actors on stage and show off their emerging public speaking skills.
Writing skills begin long before children spell or compose. Shaping play dough, holding a paintbrush, and scribbling with chalk all help children develop muscles used to write. Museum programs frequently offer families opportunities to write together and share their thoughts with other visitors, add their favorite tradition to our holiday traditions tree, or display a wish for the New Year. Older children can play more independently and create elaborate characters and stories through diverse Museum experiences such as designing a puppet in the Art Studio or taking a role alongside Museum staff running a pretend café. Opportunities for children to develop and practice early literacy skills can be found every day, throughout the Museum.